Thursday, April 21, 2011


Fuck the Middle East. Let's take Ron Paul's advice and go home. I'll get to Ron Paul soon enough, but first I want to mention something else.
            As many of you have probably read, heard or seen, Oscar-nominated British film-maker, battlefield photographer and journalist, Tim Hetherington, and American photo-journalist, Chris Hondros, died in the western Libya city of Misrata from mortar attacks. Their deaths come with injuries to other journalists and the deaths of many Gaddafi-opposed Libyans.
            Men and women die in this line of service somewhat frequently so that people around the world will know what evils persist in places of conflict. They bring us images and words with the weight of first-hand experience that tear at our hearts and cut through political rhetoric and the bullshit foreign policy our government forces on us, despite its unpopularity among many of its people. Though we have this information, and the answers seem so clear, people still don't expect to have sensible decisions made in Washington, and we're used to it.
            It has been estimated that every Al-Quaida militant in Afghanistan costs $3 billion per year to pursue, and there is said to be about 50 of these guys left there. That's a cost of $150 billion a year to chase 50 guys hiding in rock piles in a place so backward that few homes have plumbing or electricity. Most agree that it will take no more than a couple of years for Afghanistan to revert to its original state, regardless of our level of success there--and all this while most in the media, military and intelligence services concede that the real problem lies in Pakistan.
            A March 13 Washington Post-ABC News poll showed 73 percent of Americans want out of Afghanistan immediately. Of the remaining 27 percent who opted to stay, half are tax-dodging republicans who no doubt want to stay and prove a point on behalf of Jesus, probably for the same reason they ignore unemployment and the destruction of the middle class in favor of attacking wages, abortion and healthcare to poor men, women (especially women) and children.
            Their fucked up, Jesus-based social agenda tells me Jesus must have hated poor people and wished they would all die like dirty maggot shit, and that he hated clean air and water too. The rest are split between hopelessly misguided democrats and independents who probably suffer from clinical depression, paranoia and the gripping, schizophrenic fear that some mad Muslim will blow himself up next to them on the city bus. I'm not saying that can't happen, because those Islamic militant bastards are completely nuts,  but holy shit, is it worth sending all these boys and girls to the other side of the world to get blown up for 10 years at a cost of a trillion dollars? The same shit can still happen to us here, but imagine how much better we'd be protected if we brought everyone home.
            These journalists who died, and many like them, have given their lives so that people like me can sit here in solid comfort and bitch about all the things that piss us off about the current state of things. So, you see how integral a part of free speech they are. If not for them, we'd be guessing, and if you can imagine such a thing being possible, we'd be taken advantage of even more egregiously by the criminals in government.
            And numbering much higher are the thousands of servicemen and women who have died, and the tens of thousands injured in these conflicts that began with the ridiculous bullshit lie perpetrated on America by the Dick Cheney administration. You know the one--it was where we unilaterally invaded Iraq based on false CIA "intelligence reports," because they were such a big bad nemesis with nuclear bombs and VX nerve gas, among other terrible things we never found. They were so damned dangerous with their 12 crop dusters and a few Russian tanks made in the 1950s.
            What a ridiculous joke, and we fell for it under the guise of revenge for an attack on us that we still don't fully understand, which a large group claim has never been properly investigated, and I am inclined to agree with some of their points. "They're helping the terrorists! Let's get em!" The war was a scam. It cannot logically be denied, and people are still dying every day because of our government's unwillingness to leave it behind.
            Ron Paul has been ostracized from media coverage, though he is a fan-favorite across the country among a broad group of republicans, democrats and independents, especially young people. The reason for his exclusion is his foreign policy stance that we have brought some of this on ourselves by doing ridiculous, short-sighted, irresponsible things in the Middle East. He believes some of what has happened has been blowback from these foreign policy mistakes. Paul believes 9/11 happened partially because of our policing in the world, namely in 1991 when we placed our military in Saudi Arabia, the holiest place in Islam, as it contains the cities of Mecca and Medina, Mohammad's old stomping grounds. Bush Sr. wanted to oust Saddam Hussein from Kuwait so we'd keep getting Kuwait's cheap oil, and to stabilize the region.
            This dysfunctional relationship we have with Saudi Arabia, who we laughingly call allies, is also at the heart of our foreign policy idiocy. More terrorists are trained and sponsored by the Saudis than any other county, yet we pour billions of dollars into their economy buying oil, thereby enabling the destabilization of the region, and adding to terrorists' ability to strike us here at home. Osama Bin Laden is Saudi, along with many of his top people. Ron Paul is aware of all this, he sees how wrong it is, and he wants to stop it. That would keep a few ultra-rich billionaires from continuing us on a path to global slavery, so he is kept out of the conversation. Donald Trump and Sarah Palin's illegitimate monkey baby has a better chance of being nominated on the republican ticket.
            While being interviewed (verbally assaulted) by Bill O'Reilly, one of the biggest douchebag charlatan conservative demagogues in the history of the world, Ron Paul was asked if he saw Iran as a danger to the United States. He said no. He went on to say Iran couldn't put together a nuclear weapon for 10 years, and a lot can be done between now and then. That was when O'Reilly shat his pants as tears welled up in his Irish eyes, the screams of riot-inciting panic spewing forth. And Ron Paul asked him a question. He asked how we would have felt, during the Cold War, if the USSR had invaded Mexico. Fucking brilliant! O'Reilly just spewed ignorance, having nothing credible or sensible to add to the conversation.
            These are all things to think about as another two years of hard campaigning for your hearts and minds ensues. For crying out loud, whatever you do, don't vote for any of these limp-dick republicans other than Ron Paul. They will land the final blows to the middle class, create more poverty and let the poor die in the streets while cutting another trillion dollars from the taxes of the rich. That's not the country I want to live in, and no one with a soul would admit differently.

Monday, April 4, 2011


     Damn that crazy African-born Obummer and his blackness! Damn his disregard for the U.S. Constitution that he shits upon daily just by being president! We need an old white guy who loves rich people and who allows wage killing! We need someone who taxes the last remnants of the middle-class into abject poverty in order to finance tax breaks for corporations and the richest one percent! We need someone who will create poverty through irresponsible policy bought and paid for by lobbyists, then ignore that poverty and cut social services put in place by "bleeding hearts" in favor of cutting taxes all the way to zero for companies in need of government charity, like Exxon Mobile, General Electric, Bank of America and Citigroup, who all recorded record profits but can't pay taxes this year because it could cut into executive bonuses! We need someone who will preach education for new jobs that don't exist, ignore the death of American industry, then cut funding for that education so the government can give billions of dollars to the biggest, wealthiest corporations, subsidizing their research and development, even though we know that money will be spent on caviar and hookers! Besides, Planned Parenthood is just a bunch of liberals promoting premarital sex and the abortion of innocent fetuses! And let's not forget we need to talk about Jesus, preach Christian values and then exhibit seething intolerance toward gays, other religions, differing political ideologies and anyone else who doesn't see things the way we do--the right way! This guy we have now is a black, socialist foreigner who wants to kill Jesus and bring Hitler back to life so he can rape babies and take away rich folks' money and use it to pay poor folks' heating bills!
     This is the underlying message that comes across through the course of a typical day on FOX News, a cable news network owned by Rupert Murdoch (Australian) and ran by Roger Ailes, a one-time media consultant for presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. FOX News has received criticism, predictably, from former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, Howard Dean, when he called the network a "right-wing propaganda machine," and less predictably, from the children of Murdoch himself, who have reportedly aired their distaste for Ailes and the network's brand of what some call conservative, Republican-serving audio-visual swill.

     Still, it's difficult to discount what you see with your own eyes. I'd like for the folks at FOX News to explain why it was sacrilege for anyone to utter a single negative word about Bush II, slamming such remarks as "un-American" and "unpatriotic," while Obama has been trash-talked and treated as though he's Karl Marx reincarnated. His policies and decisions in situations created by 12 years of Republican control have been criticized to no end. It was often stated on FOX News that it's improper to criticize the president while soldiers are on the ground because such talk was unsupportive to the troops and disrespectful to the armed services in general. We have soldiers on the ground in two hostile countries and military action in a third, but it hasn't stopped FOX News from slanting coverage to the right, against the president, and aligning its laundry list of talking monkey opinion people against him as well.

     When Bill O'Reilly opined on Obama's decision to avert a humanitarian tragedy in Libya, he agreed with almost everything that had been done, but with a twist. It wasn't difficult to discern that Bill-O was probably under orders to find something bad to say about Obama when he finally said he didn't act quickly enough, once again attacking his leadership, which is typical of FOX News. Sean Hannity is just a jackass piece of shit hardly worthy of mention, so I'll leave it there on his score. While Glenn Beck is no better, his pious, sobbing demonstrations of ignorance are worthy of a lot of laughs. One of my favorite episodes involved Beck, with a rabbi on hand to lend credence to his nonsensical ramblings, making convoluted parallels between the biblical Tower of Babel and the new European Union parliament building in Brussels, Belgium. I think that was the point at which I muttered, "fucking moron," and changed the channel. Yeah Glenn, the EU is trying to build a tower that reaches heaven. His dumbass antics are sometimes funny to a point, but it often doesn't take long for him to reach the point of nauseating.

     Cable news is all accountable for this kind of thing. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that MSNBC has opinion people who lean, for the most part, as hard left as FOX News leans right. Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann hang low and to the left, but I insist that their regular news coverage is much more balanced, and they have a couple of opinion people there who are on the ball, namely Dylan Ratigan (Dylan Ratigan Show, MSNBC Weekdays at 4 p.m.). He's a guy with a background in business and a history of calling out greedy megabanks and corrupt elected officials tied to Wall Street fat cats. He puts the crimes committed by the government, megabanks and the Federal Reserve into perspective that lets everyone see what's really going on. He doesn't protect anyone. He doesn't get political. He just attacks the human feces that preys on the American people with what appears to be virtual impunity. He's also a strong advocate for green, renewable energy to replace oil and coal. Those who live on the ideological right aren't noted for their interest in green energy, which is just another reason why some of them need to build time machines and go back to the '50s where they belong. Those of us in the present have to deal with what's going on now, and we have to worry about the real future, not the fuzzy furry bunny fairy tale future where climate change doesn't exist, there's plenty of oil and Jesus will come back and save us before anything bad happens anyway.

     I have friends who are Republicans. They're not all boy-buggering priests, KKK members and ex-Nixon staffers. I don't hate religious people. I just think Jesus should be left out of legislators' intolerant social agenda and public policy, or at least not shoved down the throats of those of us with different beliefs. I have no beef with Republicans wanting to institute some fiscal sense through cutting spending, but I am enraged to my boiling point at finding that some of the largest corporations paid no taxes this year and Republicans hate Obama so much that they're willing to allow these gross injustices, then threaten to shut down the government if they aren't allowed to have their way and cut programs like Pell grants and Planned Parenthood. I have an idea. How about the rich share some of the burden of the shitty economy their greed has created!

     The point is, we should all be very careful about what kind of news we consume, because all of it is paid for by people with an agenda, save NPR, and most news out there is inconsequential bullshit about flag burning and gay marriage or the like. It's there to keep you from noticing what's really going on behind the curtain. Any way you slice it, FOX News is openly right-winged and there are plenty of ex-employees on record stating they were fired or they left because they weren't willing to espouse hardcore Neo-con bullshit. MSNBC may love the left, but it's a lot more attuned to the truth than FOX News will ever be, because I believe they still have that little voice in the back of their minds some folks call a conscience. FOX News better get all their ratings now, because in a few years, when all the oldest, meanest, conservative Bible-thumping assholes kick the bucket, they're going to see those ratings go another way.